57. Mr. TAYLOR
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that in certain districts there are people who wish to become telephone subscribers, but can not do so as they have been informed that there are no instruments available; and, if so, what steps he proposes to take in this matter in view of the extensive advertising campaign which is being carried on by his department?
§ Sir E. BENNETT
The re is no shortage of telephone instruments, but there is un fortunately some delay in providing ser vice at a few small automatic exchanges, owing to the fact that unexpected delay occurred in designing an improved type of equipment which is now in course of manufacture. I have already taken all possible steps to speed up the supply. Apart from these exceptional cases which are very few in number, applications are being met promptly.
While thanking the hon. Gentleman for his reply, if I can furnish him with a case in which people have been waiting for six months for a telephone installation, will he take the necessary steps to see that it is provided?